Belgium's Mannekin Pis 'is a true Scotsman!'

To celebrate St Andrew's Day, Belgium's much-loved Mannekin Pis statue in Brussels has been decked out in a custom kilt outfit made from a specially-designed "Scotland in Europe" tartan. The design was a result of a competition run by Scottish Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith some years ago, and will be on display all day today.

Mannekin Pis

As announced at the unveiling by the President of the Society of Friends of the Mannekin Pis: "He's a true Scotsman too - we have checked!"

Speaking after the unveiling, Alyn Smith MEP said: 

"What better way to celebrate Europe's diversity with a special outfit for Belgium's best loved statue? With so much doom and gloom around this is a nice, light-hearted way to show our Brussels friends that Scotland is here, and we're not going to go away.

"Obviously, there is a lot of uncertainty in the future relations of Scotland, and the UK, with the EU, but Scotland voted to stay and we will not be silent as that process begins. We have a lot to offer our European family of nations - we voted to stay, we want to stay, you want to keep us, so let's all work to find solutions."

Mannekin Pis and Alyn